08/18/2011 04:29 pm ET Updated Oct 18, 2011

Jelena Jankovic Runs Out Of Gas Enroute To Western & Southern Open Match (VIDEO)

"Out of gas" is a common term used in athletics to describe a player who is exhausted. Well, Jelena Jankovic recently ran out of gas... in the literal sense.

Jankovic spoke to reporters earlier this week to explain how she was held up on her way to a match at the Western & Southern Open as a result of an empty gas tank.

Jankovic, who was added to the field as a wild card, told reporters that her "mom was like, 'Oh, this car is not working.' We were like, 'What do you mean it's not working?' It just stopped. It's not working. Something is wrong with it. We looked, and it was zero gas inside the car. I was like, 'Oh, my God. Great.'"

The Serbian-born star has performed well at the tournament despite the distraction and will face off against 2011 French Open finalist Francesca Schiavone Thursday evening with a spot in the semi-finals on the line.